Last Wednesday, Erin arrived to spend a few days in Michigan. It was great to see her --- but, WOW! What a whirlwind! (Because we had QUITE An Agenda for this visit.)
We spent some time at the beach (specifically . . . Oval Beach . . . one of the most beautiful stretches of Lake Michigan shoreline in southern Michigan). We were there, officially, to scope out wedding photography locations. But the day was beautiful - warm and sunny - so we took some time to play. (The water was icy -- far too cold to wade in, but the sand was nice and warm.)
We accomplished MUCH in the way of wedding planning, meeting at the venue to decide details, menu, photography, and flowers. (Here's where the ceremony will take place.)
And Erin said "yes to the dress." (But not one of these "lace monstrosities." Erin has never "done lace," and nothing about that changed when it came time for her to choose a dress.)
Both Erin and I needed to fortify ourselves frequently -- as the "wedding industry" is pretty disgusting -- and SO over the top. (Just sayin.)
We also did a lot of non-wedding shopping so Erin will have a good working-wardrobe for her summer internship at . . .
(She'll be doing technical writing and software documentation for LinkedIn in California beginning next week.)
There was still plenty of time for relaxing and eating and drinking; watching hockey with Tom; spending time with Poppy. It was a great couple of days -- very productive and kind of exhausting, but fun.
Before we knew it . . .
she was gone. (With a big suitcase that arrived Empty and departed Full Of Stuff.)
Definitely a whirlwind -- but the kind of whirlwind I welcome any time.